The Good LifeWords & Music by Jack Rearson & Sacha Distel
Recorded by Tony Bennett, 1963 (#18)
G G+ G G6 G+7 G6 F#m7 B7 F#m7 B7 Oh, the good life, full of fun, seems to be the ideal; Em B+ Em7 Yes, the good life let's you hide Em6 C#m7-5 F#7 C#m7-5 F#7 All the sadness you feel. Am7 F7 G B7 You won't really fall in love, for you can't take the chance; Em B+ Em7 Em6 Am7 D7/9 Am7 alt D7 So be honest with yourself, don't try to fake romance. G G+ G6 G+7 F#m7 B7 F#m7 B7 It's the good life to be free and explore the unknown, Em B+ Like the heartaches Em7 Em6 C#m7-5 F#7 C#m7-5 F#7 when you learn you must face them alone. Am7 F7 G Gdim E7 Please remember, I still love you, and in case you didn't know, Am7 Dsus4 D7-9 G Well, just wake up, kiss the good life hel - lo.
Why the last two lines of this, the "actual" lyric to the song, read as they do here is a bit of a mystery to me. In my recollection, and in the recollection of the folks with whom I've discussed the issue, Bennett never sang the song that way -- ever. His version was "Please remember, I still love you, and in case you didn't know, well just wake up, kiss the good life hello." He has ALWAYS sung this passage as "Please remember, I still love you, and in case you WONDER WHY, Well, just wake up, kiss the good life GOOD-BYE."